9 Suggestions and 4 Tools for Your Future Profession, Writing

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Do you know who you are? You are a blogger, if you are posting regularly on Steemit (Steempeak, Steemleo, Partiko or any other frontend). Blogging is a relatively new science, or profession. You can do it as a hobby, but you can make it better if you know its rules and secrets. I’m sure. We see so many bad posts on Steemit, let’s lift the mean, let’s improve our writing skills!

You don’t have to pay an expensive writing course. You can use some free writing tools for bloggers and learn a lot of them. Let’s go to the point.

1. The Nr. 1 Writing Tool for Bloggers

I made a little experiment: I chose six different, aleatory – but relatively good – posts on Steemit, curated by Project Hope. I put them in the Grammarly grammar checking system. The result was: no one of the authors used the system. Because there were a lot of errors detected. The worst post got only 50 percent. That means, 50 percent of the users of Grammarly made less errors than this one. The best post had 84 percent. (All results: 84, 82, 50, 79, 71, 78.)

I think some people aren’t even using spell checking in their word processing software. Others aren’t using the benefits of Grammarly and similar services (another example: LanguageTool). I use Grammarly for about a year or so. Sure, it is no wonder potion. Ultimately, I have an initial score of 75-85, approximately, which I can elevate to 90-95 with this program. That makes a clear difference.

2. Grammar, Everywhere

Grammarly and LanguageTool exist also as browser extensions. That can correct the errors we would make by commenting posts, or responding e-mails, using other forms, input windows.

 Picture: Commenting with the LanguageTool browser add-on. (On Steempeak.com)
Picture: Commenting with the LanguageTool browser add-on. (On Steempeak.com)

3. Ever Heard of “Readability”?

Grammar is one issue, readability is the other. I get sick if I see a long post with pure text, no subheadings, no pictures, no other visual elements of it. Subheadings have also the benefit to inform the reader what is you are writing about. Some busy people don’t read the posts, but read headings, summaries, conclusions.

My Readability Suggestions:

  1. Don’t use too long and too complicated sentences (use the Hemingway app to correct this type of errors).
  2. After every 3-4 sentences, use a new paragraph.
  3. After every 2-3 paragraphs, use a new subheading (H2 in HTML or ## in markdown language). (Never use H1, this is for the main heading only.)
  4. Use lists whenever possible, readers like lists very much. Like this one.
  5. Use at least one picture after every 2-3 subheadings, depending on the length of your post. It is better if the picture is related to the content and has a caption (description or comment) below it.
  6. Use a lead, or introduction (or summary) at the beginning.
  7. At the end of long posts, also a conclusion or summary.

4. Use Title Case Rules

In English, headings have own case rules, also the subheadings. Main words begin with upper case, but some words, don’t. See Titlecase tool to learn it.

The structure of the ideal post:


H1: Main Heading (automatically marked)

PICTURE

Lead/Introduction/summary: Text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text text

Normal text normal text normal text normal text normal text normal text normal text normal text …

H2 Subheading

Normal text normal text normal text normal text normal text normal text normal text normal text …

H2 Subheading

Normal text normal text normal text normal text normal text normal text normal text normal text …

Conclusion or summary


Two more suggestions:

  1. I know SEO (search engine optimization) seems not to be very important on Steem, but it may be important for the future. Your posts should have at least 400 words or some more, otherwise Google won’t index them.
  2. Use quotes (“”, or > sign) and the proper links, attributions to respect the copyrights of others.

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